Laurie’s DIY - Neat Little Packages in the New YearFor me, January is all about getting organized. I like wrapping up the previous year, and starting off the new one with a clean slate.
One thing I always struggle with is keeping all my digital images orderly. Everything is backed up, but I also like to burn DVDs just incase systems fail. I have binders with pockets that store these discs, but I thought that this year, I could create a more attractive storage solution. So, I went straight to my Hambly stash, and made several paper pockets to contain these discs. Now, all my pictures from the year are all packaged in neat little bundles.
Besides using these pockets to organize my own images, I thought this might be a lovely way to present a collection of photos to friends or family.
There are a lot of steps, but it’s all just cutting, folding, and a little bit of gluing - so nothing is too difficult.
I hope you enjoy this project!
Happy New Year, Everyone!
To start, gather the following materials:
6 whole sheets six of Hambly Paper
- Antique Doily
- The Birdcages
- Doily Décor
- Little Hearts
- Assorted scraps, trims, stickers and rub-ons to decorate the pocket covers
- - On Edge and Garden Party papers
- - Woodgrain Alphabet Stickers
- - Urban Frame Stickers
- - Vintage Journal Bits Kraft Stickers
- Paper Trimmer (or an xacto knife, ruler, and cutting board)
- Paper Glue
Begin by folding a 12” x 12” sheet of paper in half and crease - keeping the printed side on the outside. Then, fold in half once again and crease.Open up the folded paper and lay printed side down. Fold the bottom right corner to the center of the page and crease. Then, fold the bottom left corner to the center and crease.Fold the bottom half of the page upward on the horizontal crease in the middle of the page. Then, fold in half , to the rightPlace the pocket under the arm of the cutting blade with the “spine” of the pocket on the right, and the triangle inside pointing up. Cut one inch off the open end of the pocket.Lift the arm and turn the pocket counter-clockwise so the spine is now on the top, and the triangle inside is pointing to the left. Put the arm down, and cut one inch off. You should be left with a square measuring 5” x 5”.Open up the pocket, and fold down the triangular flap. Put a dot of paper glue where indicated by the arrows. Fold the flap back up and apply pressure for a few moments at each glued point.Use your Woodgrain Letter Stickers and Vintage Bits Kraft Stickers to label your pockets.Close your pocket, and create a cover design using coordinating papers, stickers and rub-ons.Create additional albums in coordinating papers to house each of your discs.Load your discs into the appropriate pockets.Cut a paper strip measuring 2” high and 12” long. In the center, embellish this strip to coordinate with your album designs.Wrap the band around the stack of albums. Use a dot glue to adhere the overlapping ends. The band should be tight enough to hold the bundle together, but loose enough for the band to easily slide off.And now, you have your year in pictures, neatly contained in one pack!
Also be sure to check out Laurie's gallery for more fun projects including these fun party ideas!